Designing a New League

Chad Young and Pete Ball discuss their top MI for keeper leagues.

Keep or Kut – Using the soon-to-draft Keep or Kut listener leagues as an excuse, Chad (@ChadYoung) and Pete (@PeteBBaseball) invite Adam Howe (@eightygrade) onto the show to talk league settings. What scoring do you want to use? How big should your rosters be? What about keepers? And a whole lot more.


2:05 – Our guest, Adam Howe, tells us about his keeper leagues

8:48 – Welcome to the Keep or Kut Listener Leagues!

11:30 – Scoring and standings: There are pros and cons to season-long leagues vs. head-to-head; Chad tells you why points is checkers to roto chess; and we land on two different approaches for our two leagues.

32:15 – Draft vs. Auction? While there are great reasons to choose an auction, sometimes a draft is just simpler.

37:26 – Rosters and lineups vary quite a bit, just on the offensive side. We debate how many C and share a preference for deeper lineups.

42:27 – Pitching has fewer choices, but you still have to decide if you are splitting SP and RP or just using a pile of pitchers.

47:44 – Your bench size can’t be determined in a vacuum, as roster construction, IL spots, and other factors play a role.

54:01 – Both lineups and transactions can be daily, weekly, or anything in between. Plus the benefits of FAAB vs. Waivers or fastest finger.

1:04:09 – How should we include minor leaguers in these leagues?

1:10:41 – Last, but certainly not least, what about the keeper rules? How many players are kept? What do they cost? And more.

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Chad Young

Chad is a long-time fantasy player and baseball fan, who learned to love the game watching 100 loss teams in the truly awful Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Chad writes Going Deep for Pitcher List and co-hosts the Keep or Kut podcast on the Pitcher List Podcast Network. Chad is also one of the creators of ottoneu and you can hear him on the Ottobot Podcast and read his work on FanGraphs.

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